Sorry, I meant " literal 144,000" NOT symbolic. Also, great points everyone.
Terry said, " The 1919 doctrine of JW's is equally untenable and unprovable and has left the society vulnerable to criticism. By shoring up this weakness the GB can concentrate on putting all other beliefs out of the reach of disconfirmations."
Yep. No pre-2000 articles available on-line..JW.org is a beautiful advertisement, constant emphasis on the ORG.. They are hard at work, stacking sandbags in an attempt to stop the tide.